Described as the largest sand sculpture event in the world
, the International Sand Sculpture Festival or Festival Internacional de Escultura em Areia (FIESA) has been held in Pêra, Algarve annually since 2003. The site at Coordinates: occupies 15,000 square metres (3.7 acres).
Each year about 60 artists use 35000 tons of sand to create 50 works of art. Each year the exhibition has a different theme: 2009: discoveries, 2008: Hollywood films and characters, 2007: wonders of the World, 2006: mythology. The exhibition is open in the evenings with atmospheric lighting.
- Sand festival